Woman killed in Nikiski 3-car crash

A Nikiski woman was killed Saturday afternoon in a three-vehicle accident on the Kenai Spur Highway near Mile 25 in the Nikiski area.

Alaska State Troopers report Joyce Riley, 59, was pronounced dead on scene when Nikiski emergency crews arrived at the crash that happened about 1:30 p.m.

Three vehicles were involved — Riley’s Kia Sephia, a Honda Accord and a green Motor Coach Industries bus owned by MagTec Alaska.

The driver of the Honda was identified as John King, 23, of Nikiski. There was also a juvenile male front seat passenger in the Honda. The driver and only occupant of the bus was identified as Aaron Miller, 38, of Kenai.

King and his passenger reported no injuries. Miller was transported to Central Peninsula Hospital for evaluation but had no obvious injuries, troopers reported.

Trooper investigation revealed the Honda was northbound on the highway and slowed to turn left onto Lois Drive. Riley was also northbound behind the Honda and did not stop for the Honda. Just before impact, Riley turned sharply causing the vehicle to skid and the car struck the rear of the Honda. The Kia’s momentum carried it into the southbound lane and into the path of the bus that collided with it.  

A section of the highway was closed and traffic was re-routed through Island Lake Road and Miller Loop. Traffic was still being re-routed as of press time Saturday night. Troopers and Bureau of Highway Patrol continue to investigate the accident.

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